Carina Cellars

Los Olivos

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In a Nutshell

After tastings of rhone-style wines, patrons bring home souvenir wine glasses and bottles of 2008 Clairvoyant blend

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Promotional value expires Oct 18, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. New clients only. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $29 for a wine tasting for two, one bottle of wine, and two wine glasses (a $62 value)
  • $55 for a wine tasting for four, two bottles of wine, and four wine glasses (a $124 value)

After tastings of Carina Cellars' creations (a $10 value/person), patrons take home souvenir wine glasses (a $7 value each) and one or two bottles of the winery's 2008 Clairvoyant (a $28 value each), a rhone-style red with ample notes of cranberries and dates and a peppery finish.

Carina Cellars

Quaint stone buildings, cool dark cellars full of oak barrels, and fertile fields of grapevines—these are the images that Carina Cellars hopes to evoke with its European-style wines, which celebrate grapes that originated in the Rhone region of France. The winery sources its favored grapes from vineyards all along the central coast, especially Paso Robles and the Santa Ynez Valley. In the late 2000s, Carina also purchased 83 acres of land it called Rancho del Cielo—“ranch of the sky,” after its steep slopes—to grow its own vines of viognier, syrah, grenache, and other grapes.

Though Carina Cellars’ wines are manufactured using Old-World techniques and grapes, the terroir of California’s central coast shines through to define each style. Its whites feature a smooth 2006 viognier from Stolpman Vineyard, whose limestone soil adds a hint of minerality to the flavors and aromas of fruit before a butterscotch finish. In addition to several single-vineyard reds and carefully harmonized red rhone blends, Carina Cellars cultivates a list of reserve wines that includes Iconoclast, its rich flagship blend of cabernet sauvignon and syrah. Iconoclast's initial earthy aroma gives way to lush currant notes and a mocha finish, showcasing the care with which it was aged in small batches.

Vintner Joey Tensley found his calling at the tender age of 12, when a radioactive wine bug bit him in a Bordeaux winery. He broke into the business 10 years later in 1993, eventually establishing his own brand that exclusively creates vineyard-designate syrahs. In 2002, he partnered with longtime enophile and businessman David Hardee to create Carina Cellars.

Customer Reviews

Great tasting room, wonderful wines, nice folks there. Join their wine club!
Dave M. · October 31, 2012
Great music!
Ana P. · September 17, 2012
the manager was friendly, the wine good and the deal excellent!
Suzanne F. · August 22, 2012

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